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2011
In 2011 these are the LEGO sets that came out where I was heavily involved in the design process.
About this creation
As I have given a lot of presentations and written articles for Brick Journal this year the prototype images are in the public domain so I have also included some of them.

I have provided links to Brickset where I would prefer you post a reviews (I read all the reviews on my sets both on Brickset and LEGO.com), but the LEGO.com site is no longer accessible for reviews once the item is no longer for sale. On MOC pages please just post a comment or a link to your full review, thank you!

Sketch Model = first version, or early version of the models eventually included in a set.
Set Designer = person responsible for the finished LEGO set.

Note: No LEGO set can exist without a huge team of people: from the rest of the Design Team; to Supply Chain, Production, Prototyping, Marketing, Packaging, Packing, the Online Team, HR, Accounting, Legal, Administration and Parts Design, to name a just a few. All these thousands of people work together at The LEGO Group to get these sets into your hands and every one of them are as vital to the final product as the Designers. So feel free to blame them too if you don’t like the colour of the wheels or wanted more mini-figures!!

Cheers,
Mark.

ATLANTIS:

7984 Deep Sea Raider


Original Sketch model by me, then versions by by Luis C. and Mike F. before returning to me for the final set design.




7984 On Brickset

7985 City of Atlantis


This is my first sketch model for the temple, note the first ever 3D printed version of the textured 2x2 round element on the column in the left of the picture, it was the first element I suggested we make for the theme.


The final model came a long way from the sketch!

7985 on Brickset

ALIEN CONQUEST:
7052 UFO Abduction

This is my first sketch model. Underneath you can see the abduction feature – pretty much as it is in the final model.


However I did not make the final model that was Designer Martin K. though heavily influenced by a wonderful styled version by Adam G. (Mister Zumbi).
7065 on Brickset

7065 Alien Mothership

Here is the first sketch model I made – I just wanted to try and make the biggest saucer I could!


The final model is by Senior Designer Raphael P. again after a wonderfully styled version by Adam G. (Mister Zumbi).

7065 on Brickset

7066 Earth Defense HQ

This early sketch shows the wide variety of sketch models that came together to make this. The ship is by Michael F. the trailer is mine, the front is built by me but based on a similar version in orange by Luis C.


The final model is by me – featuring a Vic Viper on the back, the sketch for this is actually one of my MOCs: VV Grifter


I really like the final styling on the boxes.
7066 on Brickset

7067 Jet Copter Encounter

This model was brought into the line quite late on as it was decided to make another good-guy set. The first sketch model was pulled from one of the first things I did for Alien Conquest.


The final model came out looking almost exactly the same. The bad guy splitting saucer actually had a dual purpose – not only fun to play with but if you get three of four copies of the set (I know pretty unrealistic) then you can click them all together serially and make a cigar shaped alien craft. This is because almost all of the 1950 UFO sightings were of saucer or cigar shaped objects. I probably thought about it too much…


Still love atmosphere the box art conveys.
7067 on Brickset


Hope you liked 2011 - 2012 & 13 will be better!




Comments

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  October 20, 2013
I actually like the original sketch models more than the finals but that is just in my opinion.
  July 12, 2013
So, I know I'm late to the party, but whatever happened to 2012 and 2013? I just stumbled upon your page and I'm really interested in following your building legacy!
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  September 6, 2012
I finaly get to know who came up with that concept. The idea is what counts and this was a pretty good one.
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  April 10, 2012
well done mark, I bought abduction x2, and wished to get the temple, but, they re all beautiful pieces, bravo!
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  March 23, 2012
:0 I wish I had your job! -LB Jr.
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  March 12, 2012
Hey, Mark, you did a good job on designing these sets. As for the person that liked the prototype temple for Atlantis, I'm sorry but the prototype one didn't seem as huge and epic as the new one, though I must admit that I liked that checkerboard element and the large trident more on that one. Also, its nice to see an homage to one of the best side-scrolling shooters of all time in that one Earth Defense Force model from the Alien Conquest line. I loved the Gradius/Nemesis series. Oh, and, ironically, a company named Jaleco also made a side-scrolling shooter called Earth Defense Force for the SNES/Super Famicom back in the day, though I haven't played it, sadly. By the way, I would like a favor from you, Mark. There's an awesome guy on YouTube named sephirot8082 that has built some truly epic LEGO creations. Please be ever so kind and drop him a message and view his work. Thank you.
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  March 7, 2012
Interessting to see some sketch models and the resulting final versions. I hope LEGO will find a way back to own space themes, far away from boring Star Wars copies.
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  March 4, 2012
Spam much? And wow. It's cool to see how they became what they were. From original designs to the final products. Your a really good builder.
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  March 2, 2012
Wow...It is so enthralling to see the actual sketch models used in the products we love so much. Fantastic work on the saucer, by the way. I like it better than the actual product! How did you become a designer for LEGO?
 I like it 
  March 2, 2012
Wow...It is so enthralling to see the actual sketch models used in the products we love so much. Fantastic work on the saucer, by the way. I like it better than the actual product! How did you become a designer for LEGO?
 I like it 
  March 2, 2012
Wow...It is so enthralling to see the actual sketch modals used in the products we love so much. Fantastic work on the saucer, by the way. I like it better than the actual product! How did you become a designer for LEGO?
 I like it 
  March 2, 2012
Wow...It is so enthralling to see the actual sketch modals used in the products we love so much. Fantastic work on the saucer, by the way. I like it better than the actual product! How did you become a designer for LEGO?
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  March 2, 2012
This is a really neat post. It's fascinating for all of us aspiring or once aspiring LEGO employees! Thanks for posting all this :) I like seeing the prototype and finished results.
 I made it 
  March 2, 2012
Quoting C. Warfare this kinda makes u seem like ur bragging but its awesome to see the behind the scenes of the lego design process
I really don't mean to brag, it's true what I say above, none of this would be possible without the hundreds of other LEGO employees who do all the none fun parts of getting this into the shops. I'm always asked what I have done, this seemed like a good way to reveal that. If you can think of any way I can tell people which sets I helped to design and be less braggy then please let me know!
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  March 2, 2012
this kinda makes u seem like ur bragging but its awesome to see the behind the scenes of the lego design process
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  February 29, 2012
A famous French Newspaper ("Le Monde", not to quote it) released a nice article about Lego in december: "When the brick goes fine, everything is fine". I'm happy you're part of this success. You guys and gals work hard to please kids and ... adults. Let me say to you: merci beaucoup!!
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  February 29, 2012
Wow - such a nice legacy to have, to have worked on such great sets. :) I have the Temple of Atlantis, it is possibly my favourite set of 2011, which is saying a lot cause 2011 was an amazing year for great sets. Thankyou thankyou thankyou for the ridged 2x2 round brick - it's a beauty!
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  February 28, 2012
Wow. I love seeing the original sketch models and how they evolve- thanks so much for showing us these!
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  February 28, 2012
Fabulous!
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  February 28, 2012
Wow, these are great original designs, the sets came out almost as good! I think the best part is when you comically turn around what seems to be you giving credit to the hundreds of people who help put these sets on store shelves into using them for the blame of our critiques! Ha ha, priceless. :D
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  February 28, 2012
Wow, then I guess that just happens to be similar to my contest entry/MOC! Thanks!
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  February 28, 2012
This kind of job has GOT to be so much fun... I was actually kind of thinking of maybe working for LEGO. Would you mind telling me a bit about how things work there? Chiefly, what it takes to enter?
 I made it 
  February 28, 2012
Quoting Jeff Pease Quick question; Do you LEGO set designers use past contest entries as inspiration for new LEGO sets? Why I ask is that it seems my "Monster SUV" MOC, which was an entry to a LEGO Agents contest, is remarkably similar to the Earth Defense HQ.
No Jeff, I wasn't even aware of that contest. I guess a big blue trailered vehicle was just in the air. The Alien Conquest sets where finished and the parts where already being made by June 2010 - a full 8 months before your MOC, the sketch model you see above was actually built back in 2009! Also we Designers have a ton of ideas we want to get made into sets, never be afraid we'll steal an idea we would rather make our own stuff!!
 I like it 
  February 28, 2012
I want Your job:-) No seriously how do I get in touch with Lego about practice stay? Great sets You have made.
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  February 28, 2012
I actually got a "7052 UFO Abduction" set. The abduction feature is pure WIN!
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  February 28, 2012
Sorry to say that I haven't gotten any of these. But they look great. :)
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  February 27, 2012
WOAH! Very awesome!
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  February 27, 2012
Yes, really nice stuff!
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  February 27, 2012
Hey! Nice job! Quick question; Do you LEGO set designers use past contest entries as inspiration for new LEGO sets? Why I ask is that it seems my "Monster SUV" MOC, which was an entry to a LEGO Agents contest, is remarkably similar to the Earth Defense HQ.
 I like it 
  February 27, 2012
I'm impressed! Most of the final sets seem a little cut down from your original sketches. I would like to see some of those fuller sketches put into production as kind of a "deluxe" version of the sets. I certainly would pay some extra money to get my hands on that silver and gold 1x1 tiled roof! Anyway, thanks for sharing these, it puts into perspective at least a small part of the design and production process, which is very interesting to me. You've got my dream job, Mark!
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  February 27, 2012
Sets are really gettign better by the year (themes are not so linear), but I really miss those old studio backgrounds, much better than now often failed photoshop.
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  February 27, 2012
I love seeing the development of this stuff (especially the Alien Conquest sets). Thanks so much for giving us this inside look!
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  February 27, 2012
Super work Mark! The City of Atlantis has to be one of my favourite sets of all time :) And it's a great parts package! And I'm guessing you did some designing for the Dino theme? They definitely look like your style of build. And did you design the Monster Hunter sets too?
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  February 27, 2012
i think the first designs were very good. my fav is the mobile HQ. the first sketch model i think is better than the set in my opinion
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  February 27, 2012
It's really nice to see who creates the official sets. Sorry to say I don't own any of the above, I tend to use Bricklink for most of my pieces as I can then acquire the elements I actually require. These are very nicely created indeed, I'm sure there are a lot of people that have had a lot of fun and inspiration from your work. Keep it up, I'm looking forward to the next installment! P.S. I wish I worked for Lego.
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  February 27, 2012
I love the behind the scene stuff! I find it adds to my enjoyment! Hey can you stop by and see my Friends stuff? Especially the way I improved both the STAGE and the PIANO for ANDREA: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/307473 and gave her a dressing room: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/307475 I also gave a Building as a MOCbuilder commented: Andreas Grögel February 25, 2012 (Must have missed this one...) You certainly did a great job here designing a building true to the Friends style, with a very nice attention to all the details. ( Reply | Delete ) http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/307492 And can you please comment on an original design for the FRIENDS---a FLEA MARKET a girl loves to shop. (My concept was next year the Butterfly Beauty shop will be phased out so I wanted the lipstick to still be able to be available-that was my inspiration!) I like the coffee booth! I like the cloche with the donut! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/309277 Thanks.
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  February 27, 2012
I can tell they had to numb down the sets after you built them, but you still did an excellent job. I actually don't have any of these sets but knowing you were behind them is awesome. :D Keep up the great work!
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  February 27, 2012
Great job Mark, all fantastic sets:)
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  February 27, 2012
These are all great sets. Amazing work and designs
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  February 27, 2012
Great post! Alien Conquest seems like an odd little theme to me (odd in a great way!). One season, lots of unique minifigs, the fan tie in...it didn't "Feel" like other themes. But man o man it was cool! Big fan of the alien pilots. Attack!
 I like it 
  February 27, 2012
Fabulous job on these sets! While I don't own any of them, it's always good to see LEGO (aka, you and your team :) put out wonderfuly-designed sets for people to enjoy. Here's hoping 2012 is another steller year!
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  February 27, 2012
Congrats on a successful year! I'm sad to say that I only have the "UFO Abduction" out of all these wonderful sets. Some of the original sketches, I think, are better than the final product (such as "City of Atlantis" and "Alien Mothership"). I can't wait to see what you guys will put on the shelves for us in the next two years!
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  February 27, 2012
Always nice to see what you were involved in. So no more Alien conquest? That's a shame if so.
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  February 27, 2012
Some great stuff here, Dude! Congrats on a successful year! Now get back to it!
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  February 27, 2012
You designed these!!! These, are my (some of) favorite series!!!! Your good at designing. What does it take to be a designer for LEGO?
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  February 27, 2012
I think the temple looked WAY better in the other design
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  February 27, 2012
I think the temple looked WAY better in the other design
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  February 27, 2012
Great work Mark!
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  February 27, 2012
Very cool stuff. I got the Earth Defense set and it is really well done in a lot of ways- playability, especially.
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  February 27, 2012
Awsome Lookinf forward to 2012 & 2013.
 
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